Xavier Tillman dunked the rebound of Cassius Winston's missed shot with 6.5 seconds left Tuesday night, enabling Michigan State to snap a three-game losing streak with a 70-69 win over No. 22 Illinois in Champaign, Ill.
Kofi Cockburn canned two foul shots with 19.1 seconds remaining to give the Fighting Illini (16-8, 8-5 Big Ten) a 69-68 lead. But Tillman capped a 17-point, 11-rebound performance with his put-back. Illinois' last possession ended with a turnover from Ayo Dosunmu, who injured his left leg on the play.
Dosunmu, who slipped and had his leg turn awkwardly, had to be assisted off the court. He finished with a team-high 17 points for the Illini, who now own a three-game losing streak.
Four players scored in double figures for the Spartans (17-8, 9-5), with freshman Rocket Watts contributing a career-high 21 points. Aaron Henry added 13 and Winston finished with 12 as Michigan State canned 49.1 percent from the field.
No. 4 San Diego State 82, New Mexico 59
The Aztecs used a dominant second half to maintain their perfect record and secure a Mountain West Conference regular-season championship with a rout of the visiting Lobos.
Matt Mitchell helped key San Diego State's big second half with 11 of his 22 points. Yanni Wetzell scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Malachi Flynn added 15 points, 11 of which came in the second half for the Aztecs (25-0, 14-0 Mountain West).
New Mexico (17-9, 6-7) kept pace in the first half behind Vante Hendrix (20 points). Corey Manigualt scored eight points in the first half but finished with just nine. He was ejected for drawing two taunting technical fouls.
No. 6 Dayton 81, Rhode Island 67
Obi Toppin scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Jalen Crutcher sparked a second-half run to finish with 21 points to lead the host Flyers to a victory over the Rams.
Dayton (22-2, 11-0 Atlantic 10) notched its 13th straight victory, and the Flyers set a new standard by opening with 11 conference victories in a row to start a season. Dayton's Trey Landers put up 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Fatts Russell scored 19 points and Tyrese Martin added 15 for Rhode Island (18-6, 10-2). Cyril Langevine had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
No. 9 Maryland 72, Nebraska 70
Jalen Smith blocked Cam Mack's layup attempt in the final seconds, and the Big Ten-leading Terrapins stayed undefeated at home with a win over the hard-luck Cornhuskers in College Park, Md.
Smith posted his seventh consecutive double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds and was one of four players scoring in double figures for Maryland (20-4, 10-3 Big Ten). He was aided by Eric Ayala (16), Anthony Cowan (13) and Donta Scott (10). Both Ayala and Cowan missed front ends of one-and-ones in the final 22 seconds to open the door for Nebraska (7-17, 2-11), which has dropped nine consecutive games.
The Terrapins won their seventh straight game, improved to 14-0 at home and reached 20 wins for the fifth time in the past six seasons. Coach Mark Turgeon improved to 200-96 at Maryland. Haanif Cheatham led Nebraska with 20 points, and Thorir Thorbjarnarson added 15.
No. 12 Kentucky 78, Vanderbilt 64
The Wildcats got 25 points from Tyrese Maxey, who led them to a victory over the Commodores in Nashville, Tenn.
Kentucky controlled the interior, outscoring Vanderbilt 40-20 in the paint and blocking 12 shots to the Commodores' four. The Wildcats shot 61.3 percent in the second half.
Immanuel Quickley had 18 points, Nick Richards had 12 and Ashton Hagans had 11 points, eight assists and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 Southeastern Conference). The Commodores (9-15, 1-10) got 20 points from Saben Lee, but he hit just 5 of 16 shots from the floor.
No. 13 Penn State 88, Purdue 76
Senior center Mike Watkins matched a career high with 19 points, and freshman forward Seth Lundy added a career-high 18 points, lifting the Nittany Lions to a win over the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Ind.
Penn State (19-5, 9-4 Big Ten) won its seventh straight with a hot-shooting night, hitting 53.8 percent from 3-point range. The 14 3-pointers for the Nittany Lions were one shy of a school record.
Lamar Stevens overcame first-half foul trouble to finish with 16 points and five assists for Penn State, while John Harrar scored 13 points. Trevion Williams led Purdue (14-11, 7-7) with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Boilermakers had their three-game win streak snapped and dropped to 10-3 on the season at Mackey Arena.
No. 25 LSU 82, Missouri 78
Skylar Mays led the way with 23 points, and all five starters scored in double figures to help LSU come from behind to beat Missouri in Baton Rouge, La.
Darius Days had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Javonte Smart scored 15 points, and Trendon Watford and Emmitt Williams had 11 points each as LSU (18-6, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) bounced back from consecutive road losses to Vanderbilt and Auburn last week.
Dru Smith scored 20 points, Reed Nikko had 13, and Mitchell Smith and Javon Pickett contributed 10 each for Missouri (11-13, 3-8), which fell for the third time in four games.
--Field Level Media